Video-conferencing enables multiple parties in different locations to join a virtual room, facilitating collaboration through sharing audio, video, text and presentations in real time over the internet. Camera and microphones can be turned on and off.

Through Hwb, staff have access to Microsoft 365 (M365) and Google G-suite for Education.

Microsoft Teams can be used to carry out video-conferencing.

Google Meet can be used to carry out video conferencing.

Video-conferencing can be effective for practitioners delivering blended learning when used appropriately. It offers practitioners the ability to replicate classroom practice in a virtual environment through engagement and interaction. Video-conferencing can be used to:

  • deliver lessons to your class / learners
  • deliver small group pastoral or teaching sessions
  • conduct a well-being catch-up session or hold a SEN/ALN appointment

Video-conferencing offers many benefits to blended learning. The benefits of using video-conferencing to deliver lessons include:

  • offering participants an opportunity for face-to-face contact in real time
  • facilitates interactive and collaborative learning
  • positive impacts on learner engagement and well-being
  • useful for keeping in contact with learners
  • feedback to learners is instant
  • enables individualised support
  • it can be used to enable children and young people to keep in contact with their peer learners and engage in group learning, for example, discussions
  • Everything on your screen or that you share will be seen by all.
  • Video-conferencing is real-time: carefully consider what can been seen and heard in your environment.
  • By scheduling a video-conference lesson you are committing to delivering a lesson on a specific date/time.
  • If learners are using video and audio, then all learners should choose a neutral location that is appropriate and safe.
  • Where possible, practitioners and learners should use background blur settings in Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
  • If practitioners choose, learners can present their screen and share content.